How Long Does A Crappie Fish Live

What is the longest crappie ever caught?

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How can you tell if a crappie is a male?

Check the color of the belly and fins prior to and during spawning, suggests biologist Mike Colvin during an interview with “Game & Fish” magazine. On a male crappie, these areas will change to a black color. The coloration of the female will not change. Look for a swollen belly prior to spawning season.

How fast do crappie grow in a pond?

Growth rates Fingerling crappie that are stocked as 3 to 4 inches in the fall will grow to 7 to 9 inches in a year. Depending on the food supply, these could be 10 inches by year two and large enough to enter the catch.

Where do crappies go during the day?

During the day, crappie are down deep but when the water cools, crappie move in shallower to feed. This means anglers without a boat can catch crappie from the bank or dock. During the early fall, crappie will still be active in the cooler parts of the day when there is reduced light conditions.

Why do crappie turn black?

Dillard explained that it is a phenomena known as sexual dichromatism and is caused by a change in hormones. “As it approaches the spawn they are going to start turning colors,” Dillard said. “It’s the pigmentation in their skin.” Fishermen sometimes think male crappie in their spawning colors are black crappie.

Do white or black crappie get bigger?

One way to tell the difference between white and black crappies is by their size & body shape. Black Crappie tend to grow larger than white crappie overall. They are usually thicker and more dense than White Crappie.

Where do crappie lay their eggs?

Like other panfish, crappie build spawning nests in shallow water generally ranging between 1-6 feet of water. Male crappie build nests by aggressively brushing their caudal (bottom) fins like brooms in order to clear the ground for a spawning nest.

How old is a 2lb crappie?

A nine-inch black crappie that weighs 0.4 pounds will be 4.2 years old. A white crappie of that length will probably weigh 0.3 pounds and be 3.8 years old. At fourteen inches, the typical black crappie weighs 1.7 pounds and will be 14.3 years old. A 14-inch white crappie will be 1.4 pounds and 9.1 years old.

How old is a 12 crappie?

Now I tend to keep them between 10” and 12″. In PA, a 12 inch crappie is usually about 8 years old but a 14+” fish is nearly 20 years old. A 10-12 inch fish makes a good fillet but it takes far less time to replace that fish.

Can crappie ruin a pond?

Crappie can and will ruin a bass pond, according to Bardin.